Who is Bankrolling the Dorworth Campaign Machine?

Rep. Chris Dorworth (R-Lake Mary) the House Speaker Designee for the 2014-2016 term was announced as the Majority Leader for the next two legislative sessions yesterday by incoming Speaker Will Weatherford.

Dorworth, the poster child for today’s arrogant, entitled and corrupt legislative Republicans has created a network of statewide fundraising second to none for non-statewide candidates. This weekend we exposed some of the Democrats behind Dorworth in his tight race with Democrat Mike Clelland.

Today,  let’s look at the biggest donors to Dorworth’s Citizens for an Enterprising Democracy-CCE.

7.5.2012 80000.00 Disney World Wide Services, Inc. One Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 Business Entertainment/ Theme Parks
11.22.2010 7500.00 Taxpayers Against Insurance Bad Faith 1234 5th Avenue East Tampa, Florida 33605 Committee Political Committee
6.14.2012 7500.00 Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery, LLC 111 Ponce De Leon Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440 Business Citrus Grower
6.14.2012 7500.00 United States Sugar Corporation 111 Ponce De Leon Clewiston, Florida 33440 Business Agriculture
8.9.2012 7500.00 Orange Lake Resort Coalition 8505 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Parkway Kissimmee, FL 34747-8201 Business Resort Trade Association
12.16.2011 6000.00 Genting New York, LLC 110-00 Rockway Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11420 Business Paramutual
1/8/2010 5000.00 Anheuser Busch Companies One Busch Place St. Louis, MO 63118 Business Beverage Distributor
2.12.2010 5000.00 Teco Energy, Inc. 702 North Franklin Street Tampa, Florida 33602 Business Utility Provider
3.1.2010 5000.00 Newsome Law Firm 20 North Orange Avenue Orlando, Florida 32801 Business Law Firm
3.1.2010 5000.00 Florida Transportation Builders Association-TransPAC Post Office 10025 Tallahassee, Florida 32302 Committee Political Committee
3.1.2010 5000.00 Arda Roc-PAC 1201 15th Street NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20005 Committee Political Committee
3.1.2010 5000.00 United States Sugar Corporation 111 Ponce De Leon Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440 Business Agriculture
2.2.2010 5000.00 Diageo North America, Inc 801 Main Street Norwalk, CT 06851 Business Beverage Distributer
10.19.2010 5000.00 RAI Services Company Post Office Box 464 Winston-Salem, NC 27102 Business Tobacco Distribution
10.19.2010 5000.00 Robert W. Theisen, Jr. 3521 Legacy Hill Ct Longwood, Florida 32779 Individual Construction Executive Tilt-Con Corporation
10.21.2010 5000.00 Jaks Trust LLC 430 North Mills Avenue Orlando, Florida 32803 Business Housing
11.22.2010 5000.00 Bellpower 150 South Monroe Street, Suite 400 Tallahassee, Florida 32301 Committee Political Committee
2.22.2011 5000.00 Swisher International, Inc. Post Office Box 2230 Jacksonville, Florida 32203 Business Tobacco Distributor
2.22.2011 5000.00 International Internet Technologies, LLC Post Office Box 130 Anadarko, OK 73005 Business Internet
8.8.2011 5000.00 FAIRPAY Solutions 14295 Midway Road, Suite 300 Addison, TX 75001 Business Medical Payments Processing
9.2.2011 5000.00 United States Sugar Corporation 111 Ponce De Leon Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440 Business Agriculture
9.2.2011 5000.00 Southern Gardens Groves Corp 111 Ponce De Leon Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440 Business Agriculture
9.2.2011 5000.00 Southern Gardens Citrus Processing Corp 111 Ponce De Leon Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440 Business Agriculture
9.2.2011 5000.00 Save Our Internet Access CCE 101 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, Florida 32301 Committee Political Committee
9.2.2011 5000.00 Floridians for Internet Access 3142 Baringer Hill Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32311 Business Internet Advocacy
9.30.2011 5000.00 WellCare of Florida Inc. Post Office Box 31390 Tampa, Florida 33631 Business Health Insurance
9.30.2011 5000.00 Security Finance Corporation of Spartanburg Post Office Box 811 Spartanburg, SC 29304 Business Banking/Financial Services
10.28.2011 5000.00 Churchill Downs 700 Central Boulevard Louisville, KY 40208 Business Paramutual
11.15.2011 5000.00 Richard A. Corbett 2202 North West Shore Boulevard, Suite 1 Tampa, Florida 33607 Individual Real Estate
11.19.2011 5000.00 Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, Inc. Post Office Box 959 Orange Park, Florida 32037 Business Paramutual
12.16.2011 5000.00 Pearl holding Group, Inc. 1801 Northwest 66th Avneue Plantation, Florida 33313 Business Insurance
12.16.2011 5000.00 Automated Healthcare Solutions, LLC 2901 SW 149th Avenue, Suite 400 Miramar, FL 33037 Business Medical Records Management
12.24.2011 5000.00 Todd E. Copeland & Associates, P.A. 338 North Magnolia Avenue, Suite B Orlando, Florida 32801 Business Law Firm
1.6.2012 5000.00 RAI Services Company Post Office Box 464 Winston-Salem, NC 27102 Business Tobacco Distributor
1.9.2012 5000.00 Genting New York, LLC 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11420 Business Paramutual
4.19.2012 5000.00 Hartman & Tyner, Inc. 831 North Federal Highway Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009-2410 Business Paramutual
6.14.2012 5000.00 Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. One Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 Business Entertainment/ Themeparks
6.29.2012 5000.00 Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. One Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 Business Entertainment/ Theme Parks
6.29.2012 5000.00 American Managed Care, LTD 100 Central Avenue, Suite 200 St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Business Health Insurance
6.29.2012 5000.00 Managed Care of North America, Inc. 200 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 500 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Business Health Insurance
7.12.2012 5000.00 COPART 4665 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534 Business Auto Auctions
8.2.2012 5000.00 AREAS USA, Inc. 5301 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 690 Miami, FL 33126 Business Transportation Services
8.3.2012 5000.00 Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery, LLC 111 Ponce De Leon Avenue Clewiston, FL 33440 Business Agriculture
8.3.2012 5000.00 Wellcare of Florida, Inc. Post Office Box 31390 Tampa, FL 33631-3390 Business Health Insurance
8.6.2012 5000.00 Humana, Inc. Post Office Box 740083 Louisville, KY 40202 Business Health Insurance
8.9.2012 5000.00 Strategos Public Affairs, LLC 5550 West Executive Drive, Suite 550 Tampa, FL 33609 Business Government Relations
9.13.2012 5000.00 AT&T 1 Carousel Center Syracuse, NY 13290 Business Telecommunications Provider
9.26.2012 5000.00 AutoNation 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Business Automobile Sales
9.26.2012 5000.00 Ronald Book, P.A. 18851 NE 29th Avenue, Suite 1010 Aventura, FL 33180-2848 Business Law Firm
10.10.2012 5000.00 Florida Hospital Management Corp 306 East College Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32301-1558 Business Healthcare
10.12.2012 5000.00 Florida RV CCE 10510 Gibsonton Drive Riverview, FL 33578 Committee Political Committee
10.12.2012 5000.00 Derby Lane St. Petersburg Kennel Club Post Office Box 22099 St. Petersburg, FL 33742-2099 Business Paramutual
10.12.2012 5000.00 Florida Campground PAC 1340 Vickers Road Tallahassee, FL 32303 Committee Political Committee

So essentially Dorworth is being bankrolled by Disney, big sugar, Ag, gambling interests who want to bring Las Vegas style casinos (and possibly Atlantic City and Las Vegas style crime) to Florida and Insurance Companies. These industries are desperate to maintain the stranglehold they have developed over state government. Republican lawmakers have failed to attract successful, Fortune 500 type companies to Florida but instead have chosen to seek Casinos and Parimutuals to promote “economic growth” and “job creation.”

Florida has a strong history of rejecting these forces. This may be the only issue that united Governors Reuben Askew and Jeb Bush. But today’s Florida GOP desperate for campaign cash and led by moral midgets like Chris Dorworth are willing to compromise Florida’s way of life for quick fixes and coincidentally campaign cash.

Dorworth is being backed by the Florida Justice Association in his race with Clelland despite raising tens of thousands of dollars from insurance companies. The CCE’s fundraising from sugar speaks for itself. The Florida GOP, which not long ago was as strong if not stronger on environmental protection than the Democrats has become the party that protects polluters and moves this state even closer to an ecological catastrophe.

Seminole County residents have an opportunity to send a strong message about corporate giveaways, legislative arrogance and the Tallahassee culture of cronyism, corruption and non-accountability by supporting Democrat Mike Clelland who is running to unseat Dorworth.

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6 thoughts on “Who is Bankrolling the Dorworth Campaign Machine?

  1. Thanks for exposing this. It’s important that people know who is behind these CCE. Yes full disclosure is the law but people do not exactly check the websites of these committees. BTW, I believe this CCE will also be actively spending money the last few weeks on Plakon. so it is really a Dorworth/Plakon committee.

  2. Here is the deal. The GOP has made it such that if you are not on lists like this you are blacklisted with the powers that be. Corporations want to be seen on this list. They want it to be known they are doing this. That may be incorrect and wrong morally but that’s the way the game is now being played.

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